JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours today to accept marriage license applications for same-sex couples.
The state's highest court says the marriages can start Monday. Jersey City, Hoboken, and Asbury Park clerk's offices will be open today.
Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with the state Supreme Court ruling to recognize same-sex marriages in the state, but he will comply with the decision. He says the people, rather than the courts, should have been the ones to decide the issue.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark. Booker was elected this week to the Senate and has been a strong supporter of gay rights.
001-w-35-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Lambertville, N.J. Mayor David DelVecchio)--Same sex weddings will begin in New Jersey on Monday, after the chief judge refused to block them. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (19 Oct 2013)
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002-a-09-(Lambertville, N.J. Mayor David DelVecchio, in AP interview)-"in New Jersey"-Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio says he'll perform a wedding at midnight Monday. (19 Oct 2013)
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003-a-09-(Lambertville, N.J. Mayor David DelVecchio, in AP interview)-"is obviously better"-Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio says he's delighted to see the court let weddings go ahead. (19 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO NJJE105: A crowd of about 150 people gathered on the lawn in front of Garden State Equality Friday Oct. 18, 2013, in Montclair, N.J. The state Supreme Court ruled that the state must begin granting same-sex marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein) (18 Oct 2013)
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